The Secret Tea Garden
Set in the tranquil gardens of Norscot Manor in the heart of Fourways, The Secret Tea Garden offers you a lovely quiet escape from the rush of everyday life. It’s a fabulous, affordable venue for a leisurely family breakfast or an afternoon tea with friends. Relax on the beautiful terrace overlooking the manicured garden and distant views while your little ones amuse themselves in the impressive play park, which is guaranteed to give parents a much-needed break over the busy weekend!
Montecasino Bird Gardens
If you haven’t yet visited the incredible Montecasino Bird Gardens, why not pay the place a visit over the weekend? There are beautiful walkways past countless exotic birds, an impressive cycad garden, a frog room as well as the longest snake in the world… how cool is that? Plus, you’ll also find other unusual mammals like sloths and lemurs in the bird gardens; it’s an outing that’s sure to thrill the whole family! After your stroll, you can rest your feet at the onsite Flamingo Café that overlooks the Flamingo Pond.
Melt Chocolates at Nicolway Shopping Centre
Pretty much everyone likes chocolate, right? And you can trust us when we say that there’s no better place to get your chocolate fix than Melt Chocolates! The family-owned chocolatier offers an extensive variety of chocolates for you to taste and shop, as well as a delightful little café if you’re looking to rest your feet after a little bit of retail therapy. At the café, you can order up some of the very best chocolate milkshakes and cupcakes that we’ve tasted in Joburg — just be prepared for a sugar rush of note after your visit.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
If you’re looking to spend some time in the great outdoors this weekend, the gorgeous Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens sure is the place to go. One of SA’s eight botanical gardens, you can snack on sarmies while taking in the sights of the waterfall while watching the Verreaux’s Eagles perched at the very top with your binoculars. Or you could walk through the breathtaking rocket and fern garden and breathe in some real fresh air. Otherwise, if you prefer, you can organise yourself a guided tour of the gardens.
The Living Room
If your idea of a great weekend goes hand in hand with breathtaking Joburg skyline views and some refreshing cocktails, then there’s no place to be than at The Living Room in Maboneng. The uber-trendy rooftop venue overlooks the fabulous city and feels as if you’re sitting in a lush plant nursery, hence its name. Lounge around snacking on tapas and sipping on sundowners with some good company, and then get ready to see the city light up and twinkle by night.
27 Boxes in Melville is undoubtedly one of the city’s most innovative retail and restaurant precincts. Created from recycled shipping containers, this shopping destination offers one of the most unique shopping experiences, housing many local brands and creators, and their craft. To keep the kids entertained in between shopping, they can enjoy the outdoor children’s park. There’s also open air amphitheatre and the rooftop nursery to explore. Don’t forget to sample and indulge in a few delicious delights available at this mixed-use precinct, including decadent cronuts from the X&O Patisserie.
Hennops Hiking Trail
If nature is your thing, you’ll absolutely love spending your weekend walking in nature on the fantastic Hennops Hiking Trail, which is a short 40-minute drive away from Sandton. There are four different hikes to choose from, ideal for all experience and fitness levels. All trails boast wonderful scenery and there’s even a swimming pool to splash in post-hike at the Hennops Picnic Spot. The range of landscapes and sights are enough to get the soul stirring… trust us on this!
Fourways Farmers Market In Modderfontein Reserve
Who doesn’t enjoy strolling through a market over the weekend? It’s one of our favourite things to do, which is why we recommend you visit the most beautiful outdoor market in the city — the Fourways Farmers Market, now located at Modderfontein Reserve, just 10km away from Sandton. Here, you’ll find it all: unique and beautifully crafted items handmade by local creators; delicious foods and treats to delight your taste buds; stunning scenery from the surround reserve; and of course, plenty of entertainment perfect for the whole family. This market is open every Saturday and Sunday, so why not pop in over the weekend?
Details: www.ffmarket.co.za | 011 465 0877 ( Wednesdays and Fridays only ) or 010 534 6622 ( Monday to Friday during office hours ) | firstname.lastname@example.org | Taroko Farm (Modderfontein Reserve) Norfolk Lane, Klipfontein 12-Ir, Lethabong.
Sky Dining at Higher Ground
For a dining experience like no other, why not visit Higher Ground in Bryanston and enjoy a morning, afternoon or evening of Sky Dining. It’s exactly what you think it is: dining in the sky! Enjoy a delectable meal while being suspended 30.48 metres in the air, surrounded by gorgeous panoramic views of the Sandton skyline. They host breakfast, lunches and dinners every weekend. Click here to take a look at the upcoming dates so you can book your experience now! It’s an absolute must for visitors and Joburg locals alike.
Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind
Get away from the city and head to the place where it all began — Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind. Here, you and your family can spend the day exploring and experiencing the majesty of the 4-million year old Sterkfontein Caves; and travel back in time at the Maropeng Visitor Centre that showcases all of the interesting fossil and excavation discoveries that have been made in the area over the years. If you’re looking to make a full weekend of your adventure out to this side of the city, then why not book accommodation at the onsite Maropeng Boutique Hotel for a well-deserve getaway?
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